|| MM32710 |
|| ORGANISATION THEORY: STRUCTURE AND STRATEGY |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Jack Eaton |
|| Semester 2 |
|| EC30230 or (EC31310 and EC31410) |
|| MM32610 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 18 Hours including a revision seminar |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours ||66%|
|Semester Assessment|| Essay-type coursework ||34%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours ||66%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| 1 piece of Coursework ||34%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Build on the group ideas begun in the Motivation & Control module. That is to say, extend the concept of bureaucracy to M-form organisational structure.
To be able to understand and explain the re-emergence and centrality of organisational structure in relation to strategy issues (e.g. alliances and outsourcing);
Different perspectives on strategy and consider its rationality, including possible strategy absence;
Organisational decision-making and communications;
The influence of technology on organisational structure;
The bases of power in and around the organisation and its importance in relation to leadership and strategic choice:
Examine own learning processes analytically in order to apply relevant techniques intended to increase ability to acquire, retain and apply information, skills and competencies related to organisational effectiveness.
Studies of the relationship between business strategy and structure, such as Chandler'r (1962) classic, pervade the organisation theory and business literature. The module will provide business students with the chance to familiarise themselves with writing often taken as read in the business journals.
The structure/strategy debate enables questioning of assumptions about formal rationality and strategy as planning. Discussion then moves onto Mintzberg'r idea of emergent strategy and, more radically, Weick'r enactment view of sensemaking in strategy.
Interdisciplinary comparisons, such as Williamson'r notion of organisation as a response to market failure and Chandler'r view of organisations as a response to market pressure can be made.
The idea of technological determinism of organisational structure, particularly in the context of information technology, can be explored.
The debate between contingency theories of organisation and the idea of a universal, one best way, global best practice or lean production method will be addressed.
The module sets out to analyse organisational decision making in a framework of macroeconomic and technological change.
An overview of Organisational Structure
The Link between Structure and Strategy
Theories of Decision Making and Organisational Rationality
Irrationality? in Decision Making
Strategy? Planned, Emergent or Absent?
Organisational Structure and Contingency Theory
The Aston Studies and Organisational Size
Organisation and Technology: classic studies
Technology as Deterministic?
Power - Around Organisations
Power? In Organisations (Politics)
The Idea of Networks as an Analytical Device
H Drummond Organizational Behaviour
Oxford University Press
Stephen Ackroyd The Organisation of Business.
Oxford University Press
S Clegg, C Hardy and W Nord (eds) Handbook of Organisational Studies
M Huczynski and D Buchanan Organizational Behaviour
This module is at CQFW Level 6